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Zhang, Jund Food (Jegantha), Wins SCG Tour Online $5K Innistrad Championship Qualifier #1

Rei Zhang wins the first SCG Tour Online $5K Innistrad Championship Qualifier with Jund Food (Jegantha).

Ravenous Squirrel illustrated by Dan Scott.

Rei Zhang won Sunday’s SCG Tour Online Historic $5K Innistrad Championship Qualifier #1 with Jund Food (Jegantha).

Quarterfinals
1
Adam Bruni
Jund Food (Jegantha)
8
Rei Zhang
Jund Food (Jegantha)
4
Marco Cammilluzzi
Abzan Humans
5
Tian Fa Mun
Jeskai Control
2
Jonny Guttman
Orzhov Auras (Lurrus)
7
Craig Stangl
Jeskai Control
3
Guilherme Merjam
Simic Merfolk
6
William Jackson
Jeskai Control
Semifinals
Rei Zhang
2-0
Marco Cammilluzzi
2-0
Jonny Guttman
2-0
Guilherme Merjam
2-0
Finals
Rei Zhang
2-1
Guilherme Merjam
2-0
Champion
Rei Zhang
2-0


Zhang earned an invite to the Innistrad Championship and $1,500 by winning the 151-person event, only dropping a single match in the Swiss. Zhang entered the elimination rounds as the No. 8 seed and started with a win over Octavian Victor Ghindea on Mono-White Humans in the wild card playoff round. From there, Zhang took down the top seed, Adam Bruni, in a Jund Food (Jegantha) mirror and Marco Cammilluzzi on Abzan Humans to reach the finals. In the last match, Zhang 2-0d Guilherme Merjam on Simic Merfolk — one of the decks that gained the most from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons.

Zhang’s winning list only featured one card from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons in Ravenous Squirrel. Merjam’s Merfolk deck had Shoreline Scout, Svyelun of Sea and Sky, Master of the Pearl Trident, and Merrow Reejerey. Masahide Moriyama also made the Top 12 with Merfolk.



While Jeskai Control and Jund Food (Jegantha) were the most played decks at 27 copies each, Simic Merfolk was the surprise next most played deck at 14 pilots. Selesnya Company had 13 pilots, though it can broken down into two subsets of decks with one version being a more taxing deck with creatures like Archon of Emeria and Elite Spellbinder and the other a combo deck with Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Scurry Oak.

Aggressive and taxing Humans decks also showed up with Mono-White and Abzan checking in at 12 and six copies, respectively.



The metagame breakdown for decks with more than two pilots in the event can be seen below.

ArchetypeCopies
Jeskai Control27
Jund Food (Jegantha)27
Simic Merfolk14
Selesnya Company 13
Mono-White Humans12
Orzhov Auras (Lurrus)7
Abzan Humans6
Rakdos Arcanist (Lurrus)5
Mono-Red Madness3
Jeskai Indomitable Creativity 3

View the Top 12 decklists.

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